Hollywood Racism: The Magical Negro Trope

  1. He or she is a person of color, typically Black, often Native American, in a story about predominantly White characters.
  2. He or she seems to have nothing better to do than help the White protagonist, who is often a stranger to the Magical Negro at first.
  3. He or she disappears, dies, or sacrifices something of great value after or while helping the White protagonist.
  4. He or she is uneducated, mentally handicapped, at a low position in life, or all of the above.
  5. He or she is wise, patient, and spiritually in touch. Closer to the earth, one might say. He or she often literally has magical powers

 

Source: Hollywood Racism: The Magical Negro Tropeshelton

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